- capacity for rapid acceleration.
- acceleration; increase in speed.
- Also called pickup truck . a small truck with a low-sided open body, used for deliveries and light hauling.
- the act of receiving sound waves in the transmitting set in order to change them into electrical waves.
- a receiving or recording device.
- the place from which a broadcast is being transmitted.
- interference (def. 4).
- the change of light energy into electrical energy in a television camera.
- camera tube.
- a telecast made directly from the scene of an action.
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Origin of pickup
Words nearby pickup
Example sentences from the Web for pickup
But some of his pickup methods might actually be criminal, according to the state of Nevada.
He was still working on his pickup technique, and felt there was nothing for him at university.
The Cubans pulled up to the outpost and crammed the survivors into an open-body jeep and a pickup truck.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By one account, the student teachers were on the road out of Iguala when their way was blocked by a pickup truck.
On May 20, a pickup truck drove to an Iraqi army checkpoint in the city of Tal Afar.
This looked like about as good a time as any to make the pickup.Cat and Mouse|Ralph Williams
The rails themselves act as antenna for the broadcaster, and the rat's tail is the pickup antenna.Anything You Can Do|Gordon Randall Garrett
Have items ready for pickup at the designated spot when the driver arrives.
Pitov turned on a couple of view-screens, one from a pickup on the roof of the bunker and another from the launching-pad.The Answer|Henry Beam Piper
He bought himself a pickup truck and started a painting business there.The Biography of a Rabbit|Roy Benson
British Dictionary definitions for pickup
- a stop to collect passengers, goods, etc
- the people or things collected
verb pick up (adverb)
Idioms and Phrases with pickup
Lift, take up by hand, as in Please pick up that book from the floor. [Early 1300s]
Collect or gather, as in First they had to pick up the pieces of broken glass.
Tidy, put in order, as in Let's pick up the bedroom, or I'm always picking up after Pat. [Mid-1800s]
Take on passengers or freight, as in The bus picks up commuters at three stops.
Acquire casually, get without great effort or by accident. For example, I picked up a nice coat at the sale, or She had no trouble picking up French. This usage is even extended to contracting diseases, as in I think I picked up the baby's cold. [Early 1500s]
Claim, as in He picked up his laundry every Friday.
Buy, as in Please pick up some wine at the store on your way home.
pick up the bill or check or tab. Accept a charge in order to pay it, as in They always wait for us to pick up the tab. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
Increase speed or rate, as in The plane picked up speed, or The conductor told the strings to pick up the tempo.
Gain, as in They picked up five yards on that pass play.
Take into custody, apprehend, as in The police picked him up for burglary. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]
Make a casual acquaintance with, especially in anticipation of sexual relations, as in A stranger tried to pick her up at the bus station. [Slang; late 1800s]
Come upon, find, detect, as in The dog picked up the scent, or They picked up two submarines on sonar, or I can't pick up that station on the car radio.
Resume, as in Let's pick up the conversation after lunch.
Improve or cause to improve in condition or activity, as in Sales picked up last fall, or He picked up quickly after he got home from the hospital, or A cup of coffee will pick you up. [1700s]
Gather one's belongings, as in She just picked up and left him.
pick oneself up. Recover from a fall or other mishap, as in Jim picked himself up and stood there waiting. [Mid-1800s] Also see the subsequent entries beginning with pick up.